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You guys did so well! We are so impressed with your efforts.
Summertime Reading Club is over. Have a look at photos of the prizegiving at Central Library Tuam on Friday 25 January 2013. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered for their great work:
1st prize Arna Emslie
2nd prize Jack Sheedy
3rd prize Alisha Warwick
Runner up Jessica Olds
Runner up Jason Yun
Runner up Oliver Wheeler
1st prize Angus Steve: New Brighton
2nd place: Hannah Warwick
3rd place: Amelia Kirkness
Highly commended: Arlia O’Sullivan
Highly commended: Katie Morison
Highly commended: Emma Rashbrook–Field
It was an exciting time earlier this morning in the US when the winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. The Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and the Printz Award.
Congratulations to all the winners! I think it’s the first time that I’ve read and loved the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medal so I’m very pleased that they won. Here are the winners and honour books:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
There were three Newbery Honour Books announced too:
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Some picks from our January Picture books newsletter including the lovely and uber-colourful sense books by PatrickGeorge:
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Gregor the Overlander is about a boy named Gregor who lives in an apartment in New York with his mother, grandmother and two sisters. One day, he goes to the laundry room with his sister Boots, and they discover the Underland. The Underland is a place hundreds of feet under New York filled with giant bats, cockroaches, rats, scorpions and strange people, who send Gregor and Boots on a quest searching for their missing father.
My favorite character is Luxa, the queen of the Underland. She is a little arrogant but very brave. Gregor the Overlander is the first in a five book series. I give it a 8 and a half out of 10. Gregor the Overlander is suitable for 9 to 13-year-olds; boys and girls alike. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games.
By Luka, age 11
Perry likes to ask questions, but she rarely gets answers. Her mother and father are very busy people, and are always working. She doesn’t have many children to play with, either; only her babysitter Nina’s son Claude. Perry is an only child, and her family is very small. There’s Perry, her mum and dad; and, of course, there’s Gran.
Gran lives at Santa Lucia, a home for the elderly. Perry and her father visit her there every Saturday. Santa Lucia is a chaotic place, full of mishaps, mysteries and peppermints. When one of Perry’s classes is cancelled, she decides to spend her Thursdays at Santa Lucia with her gran. The people at Santa Lucia are, to say the least, a wild bunch. Perry’s gran, for instance, has a habit of stealing Melvyn Broome’s peppermints. Melvyn Broome has a habit of hitting people who steal his peppermints with his walking cane. Gran, as well as most the people at Santa Lucia, has a weak memory, yet instead of being confused, she sticks to the few things she can remember about her past. Perry decides that what this unusual yet lovable family needs is something practical, reliable, and orderly; and what could be more reliable than an alphabet book?
As Perry works on her ABC book, she tries to stick to the rules, but as the people at Santa Lucia help her, the alphabet soon is an ACB; a jumbled, confused version of the alphabet. Nothing stays the same at Santa Lucia, but soon Perry begins to wonder: is it Gran, Doris and the others who don’t make sense, or is it the strict, “do-as-I-say” world outside Santa Lucia’s walls that doesn’t?
The ACB with Honora Lee is a simple yet powerful novel, and will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is tinged with subtle humour and written in an almost poetic way. You will never want to put it down!
Reviewed by Tierney.